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The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat

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The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat


Purpose: The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat provides financial aid to study areas in the United States that provide seasonal habitat for threatened or endangered native birds and to tend useful information for land-management decisions.

History: Established in 1994 the estate of Frances M. Peacock of Barrington, Illinois, former GCA Director and member of the Garden Club of Barrington.

Provisions: Provides financial aid to at least one scholar for $4500 annually. In special instances because of two unusually fine candidates or two candidates working on one project, the award may be divided between two candidates.

Eligibility: Open to college seniors and graduate students only (second-semester juniors may apply for their senior year).

To Apply: See About the Peacock Scholarship and How to Apply. Application deadline is January 15 preceding the proposed period of study. Awardees will be notified no later than March 31.  PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Selection is made by a team of reviewers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which also administers the scholarship. The selection is reviewed and approved by the GCA Scholarship Committee.

Fund: The Frances M. Peacock Fund is managed by the GCA.

Contact: Prof. Irby Lovette, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850-1999. Email, website:

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Scholarship Opportunities Available

The GCA now offers 27 merit based scholarships, fellowships and awards in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines, botany, including medicinal and tropical, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.

In March of 2015, 91 students and scholars were award over $315,000 to support a variety of academic endeavors ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research. Their study will take place in institutions across the nation and some will do field work around the world.

GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest and furthering environmental knowledge.